Temeenii bayar, a camel festival held in the Gobi Desert outside Dalanzadgad, Mongolia, draws over a thousand participants and spectators, making it the largest camel race in the world.

Before the race begins, there is a beauty parade, where the camels walk passed the crowd, many in colourful Mongolian traditional dress and admire the shaggy-haired camels as they walk passed. After the parade, the owners mount their beasts to drive them on a dusty, chaotic nine-mile race across the steppeland.

Organised by the Guinness World Records, many trek seven hours from Ulan Bator, the country's capital, to watch the competition. There are few entry conditions which are that the camels must be at least four years old and pure breed Mongolian bactrian, a camel which normally carries everything that is required for their owner to be able to build and live in a traditional Mongolian tent.

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Children ride camels during "Temeenii bayar", Camel Festival, in Dalanzadgad, Umnugobi aimag, MongoliaB. Rentsendorj/ Reuters

However, this year the regulations did not stop some to plough uncontrolled into the crowd of spectators, though no injuries are reported. "Your camel has to be bad-tempered for riders to get a place here," one person jokes to another people are often heard joking to each other.

This year, the winning camel finished the race in 35 minutes and 12 seconds.

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People wearing traditional costumes wait for the parade to beginB. Rentsendorj/ Reuters
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A child rides a camel during 'Temeenii bayar' the Camel FestivalB. Rentsendorj/ Reuters
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People sit on a cart with a camel tied to it during 'Temeenii bayar'B. Rentsendorj/ Reuters
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People wearing Mongolian costumes chat in front of their camels during 'Temeenii bayar'B. Rentsendorj/ Reuters
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People wearing traditional costumes wait for a parade on the back of camels during Temeenii bayarB. Rentsendorj/ Reuters
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People gather to watch the camel raceB. Rentsendorj/ Reuters
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Camels and their riders wait in the cold weather during Temeenii bayarB. Rentsendorj/ Reuters
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Contestants ride during a camel race at the Camel Festival, in Dalanzadgad, Umnugobi aimag, MongoliaB. Rentsendorj/ Reuters
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Spectators watch the parade of camelsB. Rentsendorj/ Reuters
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Contestants ride during the camel raceB. Rentsendorj/ Reuters
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People wearing traditional costumes wait for the parade on the back of camelsB. Rentsendorj/ Reuters
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People play camel polo during the Camel FestivalB. Rentsendorj/ Reuters
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A camel kneels down during Temeenii bayarB. Rentsendorj/ Reuters
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Contestants ride during a camel race at Temeenii bayarB. Rentsendorj/ Reuters
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A man leads camels during Temeenii bayarB. Rentsendorj/ Reuters
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Contestants ride during a camel race at Temeenii bayar, the Camel FestivalB. Rentsendorj/ Reuters
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Camels are seen at sunsetB. Rentsendorj/ Reuters
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Camels are seen in sunset during Temeenii bayar, the Camel Festival, in Dalanzadgad, Umnugobi aimag, MongoliaB. Rentsendorj/ Reuters